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Quote of the day No 10

Saturday 21 April 2018

Inland navigation must be the safest form of transport ever devised, and compared to the death-dealing turmoil of the modern motor road, the canal or river is a veritable sanctuary. The nearest approach to an accident which we encountered on the whole of our long journey occurred as we were leaving Loughborough on our way back to the river. We were approaching the narrow channel under a bridge — or a ‘bridge-hole’, in canal parlance— when through the arch came a party of holidaymakers in a hired punt. There would have been ample time for them to have cleared the narrows and paddled to the side, but at the sudden spectacle of ‘Cressy’ bearing down upon them they completely lost their heads and swung broadside across our bows. From my point of vantage at the tiller it seemed that we should inevitably smash their fragile craft to pieces against the mouth of the bridge, for there was no room to alter course. All I could do was to put ‘Cressy’ full astern and hope for the best. The water boiled furiously under our stern and the whole boat vibrated, but the expected collision did not come. We checked with a foot or so to spare, and the occupants of the punt, righting themselves, paddled past, making such embarrassed apologies and blushing so furiously that we had not the heart to vent upon them the storm of abuse (that mythical language of the ‘bargee’) which they evidently anticipated.

L. T. C. Rolt – Narrow Boat

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